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EDITS AT THE BOTTOM.

I've had my eye on this case since it was announced earlier this year, and I was excited to pick one up a few weeks ago when it went on sale. I chose it over something like the Meshify C Mini and the H400 for reasons like improved airflow and, to me, a sleeker appearance. Since this appears the be the first build posted here in an NR400, I thought I'd give more of my thoughts below for those interested in it.

Overall, if you're looking for a high-airflow case in the $50-70 USD range that would look nice as gaming or office PC but somewhat sheds the gamer aesthetic, this is my recommendation.

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I plan on making this my main rig. As for the components in this, I used some stuff that I had laying around that was left over from some other builds or that I got on sale. I do plan on moving a 1080 into this, as well as a couple of higher-capacity M.2 SSDs to take advantage of the Mortar's 2 slots. It's a shame that MSI discontinued the Mortar in the US so early, since it really is the best mATX B450 board in terms of features and VRMs.

Let me know if you have any questions or if there are any additional shots of the case I can post.

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Edit: Threw my 1080 SC into it for better 1440p performance and testing, and swapped out the WD Blue 3D 250GB for a SX8200 Pro 512 that was on sale.

Edit: Upgraded the 1600 to a 3700X. Because I had a previous-gen chip, I was able to easily update to the new BIOS with Zen2 support and have chipset drivers ready to go. I set my BIOS settings back to stock, then dropped in the new chip. Luckily I had no issues other than some weird fan behavior which seems to have resolved itself. Temps in the sidebar on this page have been updated accordingly. Load temp is from running P95 with AVX, and when gaming at 1440p it stays in the low 50s with the H7 Quad Lumi (Cryorig please come back to the USA). Running PBO Mode 1, I get 4.1GHz all-core boost in benchmarks, 4.2 all-core boost in PUBG, and 4.3 single-core boost. This PBO mode gives me the best performance and thermals in gaming/benchmarks from my testing, though your results may vary. Hopefully BIOS and chipset updates will smooth some minor issues out.

Edit: Upgraded PSU to a Focus Gold. Quiet under load, super happy with it.

Part Reviews

CPU

UPDATE 9/29/19: After MSI released the AGESA 1.0.0.3abba BIOS update for my motherboard, I'm now consistently getting advertised boost clocks on the 3700X. I haven't noticed a difference in performance when gaming or using Handbrake though, only in synthetic benchmarks do I see a slight difference. Operating temps and voltages are still a little higher compared to previous Ryzen generations, though my idle temps have dropped a bit after the most recent BIOS updates. The included Wraith Prism cooler would probably do an okay job of cooling my chip but I don't care to try it when I already have a fairly decent aftermarket air cooler.

Case

Initial quality of the case seems good. I believe GamersNexus had a QC issue with the big brother of the NR400, the NR600, where the glass panel wasn't flush with the front of the frame. Thankfully my NR400 doesn't suffer from this. I haven't found any sharp edges (yet), and overall haven't found anything to complain about regarding quality.

The tempered glass side panel is inside of a slim frame that makes it easy to handle. Unlike its big brother, the NR400's drive cage in the basement is removable, which means larger (see: normal size) PSUs will fit in it. Unfortunately, Cooler Master confirmed that the version without the ODD bay will NOT be coming to the US, which was a bummer since I wanted that version for the clean slab appearance of the front mesh panel. Fortunately the ODD bay is removable with four screws that are easy to access, and the slot in the front doesn't bother me as much as I thought it would. I was able to fit two 140mm Silent Wings 3 fans between the front grille and the frame with ease, and cutouts for their cables were conveniently placed for routing. Cable management is decent, though at this price point I didn't expect it to blow me away anyway.

Overall, if you're looking for a high-airflow case in the $50-70 USD range that would look nice as gaming or office PC but somewhat sheds the gamer aesthetic, this is my recommendation.

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Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

I've been hoping to see an NR400 build on PCPP, so was super glad to see your one pop up! Thanks for the case review, and the good photos too.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

This looks awesome, definitely super sleek! I'm trying to build a quiet PC for my next rig and I see you stuck a bunch of be quiet! fans in this build; how noisy would you say this thing is? I'm a little hesitant to get a case that's so open and with no sound dampening material, but I really love the looks of the NR400.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

The only things I've played since putting it together are PUBG and Risk of Rain 2, both at 1440p/75fps on a 75hz Freesync monitor. PUBG gets loud because PUBG, and Risk of Rain 2 has been very quiet, can barely tell that the system is powered on. I'll update as I play more titles. But at idle, it's pretty much silent.

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  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

So far the case fans have been pretty quiet, though you'll definitely hear your GPU fans if they really start spinning up. This has been apparent when playing PUBG and Ace Combat 7 at 1440p. The GPU noise could potentially be mitigated by the use of a Commander Pro fan hub to control the case fans based on GPU temps, but unfortunately I don't have one to test with. It seems that, with the be quiet! fans installed, the aggressiveness of your GPU fan curve will correspond to the noise levels in this case.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Been waiting for a review of this case, big thanks! Do you know if it's possible to put thicker 140mm fans on the front? The SilentWings 3 are 25mm thick, but the fans I plan to use are 27mm thick.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Unfortunately I don't have any fans that are 27mm thick to test with. I'll try to measure the space when I get home tonight.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

From what I can tell by measuring, it looks like 27mm would fit.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Good build! Clean cable management, and like this case! +1

How do you like having 250GB as your C:// ? Do you wish you had 500GB? I'm asking because i'm debating on using a 250 M.2 for my C:// and then two SSDs like you did. Appreciate the feedback!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the feedback! I have since switched out the Blue 3D 250GB for a SX8200 Pro 500GB that was on sale last week, mostly for the speed boost. However, I had no issue with my C:\ being 250GB, as the only thing I keep on it is Windows and any programs I have installed.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 on the cable management - nicely done! Thanks for the post/pics.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

What an absolutely beautiful build.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. I started an account just to find out more about this case. Trying to decide between this and the Silencio Version (S400) and cool you are using the same Motherboard I wanted...

How is it for keeping dust out? How about cleaning dust off the mesh? How is noise?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

I'm running a positive pressure fan configuration and so far there's been little dust accumulation inside. The mesh is good at catching dust, I had a small layer built up after the first three weeks. I don't smoke, don't have pets, and keep my flat fairly clean so this surprised me. Cleaning the mesh is straightforward, the front panel is easy to remove and some compressed air to the mesh works well.

This is my third mesh case, and noise is about on par with my previous two (MasterCase Pro 5 and Versa H18). Only under GPU-intensive workloads does it ever become very audible. It doesn't overpower headphones though, because I don't hear it when gaming. Granted, my SilentWings fans and fan curves assist greatly with this, so your results may vary.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I think thats a 1070.... not a 1080

But nice build!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

See description. Thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

hi, does the case come with stock fans?

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, it comes with two 120mm stock fans, one in the front and one in the back.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

sweet! thanks for the response 🤟🏼

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello.Nice Build.

Question:

Can you fit the PCI express cable of the gpu from the holes that you passed the cables of the motherboard for switch on, reset etc...?

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, it fits through the hole fine. Though you might need to feed the PCIe cable through the hole before the front-panel cables, as the inserted front-panel cables might block the PCIe connector.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Excellent build! So nice and elegant. Having a hard time deciding between this NR400 case or the Q300L from Cooler Master too. I love the modular and small size factor of the Q300L but it seems the airflow there is not as good as on this one (saw the videos from GN too!) so if the airflow is way better on the NR400, then I would go with that instead of the Q300L. Good airflow is way more important than looks, though the NR400 looks really nice and sleek too!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I can confirm the excellent airflow, my components stay cool without aggressive fan curves (though the 3700X is a bit hot by default). The design of the NR400 is somewhat understated, so it looks nice in both gaming and office setups.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Great job in the cable management!!! Really like this case.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi How is ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro SSD so far ?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

So far so good. Didn't have any issues with installing it, and speeds have been as advertised for me.